50 Years of Transforming Geopolitics and Baltic Studies

Saturday, June 2, 2018

12:00 pm

McCaw Hall, Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center Map

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Join us for a luncheon session of the 2018 AABS Conference at Stanford University: The 100th Anniversary of Baltic Independence, featuring a keynote talk by Dr. Agnia Grigas:

50 Years of Transforming Geopolitics and Baltic Studies

Since the first AABS conference was held in 1968 at the height of the Cold War, the international political context has faced a complete transformation and so have the Baltic states and Baltic studies. The Baltic states have escaped their status as annexed states of the Soviet Union and with their singing revolutions gained their independence and eventually earned their integration into European and Transatlantic organizations and alliances.

Today as before, the Baltic states and their study offer important lessons for understanding the broader global and European processes. They served as case studies of captive nations, peaceful revolutions, the fall of the Soviet Union, EU enlargement and NATO expansion. Today they are case studies among other scenarios of Europe’s frontier nations facing Russia’s resurgence, of hybrid, cyber, and information warfare, as well as leaders of energy diversification or as small states shaping EU and NATO policies. Despite their small size and perhaps because of their direct confrontation with the tides of geopolitics, the Baltic states continue to capture the attention of international media, scholars, experts, and international governments and organizations.

This keynote talk will examine the questions of “To what extent the Baltic studies are not static and a reflection of changing geopolitics?” and “How Baltic studies scholars should leverage their expertise to draw out broader implications and conclusions in regional and global developments?”

Dr. Agnia Grigas is an energy and political risk expert based in Washington DC. She specializes in energy and foreign policy of the U.S. and Eurasia including Europe, Russia, China, the states of the former Soviet Union, and the Baltic States. She is the author of three critically acclaimed books: The New Geopolitics of Natural Gas (Harvard UP, 2017), Beyond Crimea: The New Russian Empire (Yale UP, 2016), and The Politics of Energy and Memory between the Baltic States and Russia (Ashgate 2013).

She is a nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council in Washington D.C. and at the McKinnon Center for Global Affairs at Occidental College in Los Angeles. She has fifteen years of experience as a business development and political risk advisor for corporations and government agencies. Previously she also served as an energy and economic advisor to the Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs (2008-2009).

Grigas started her career in investment banking as a financial analyst at JPMorgan and subsequently worked for the global risk consultancy Eurasia Group. Grigas holds a Master’s and Doctorate in International Relations from the University of Oxford and a BA in Economics and Political Science from Columbia University. An experienced communicator on screen, in print, and in person she frequently writes and comments in the media including CNN, Reuters, Bloomberg, Forbes, Newsweek, Foreign Policy, and The Hill among others.

The keynote talk will be followed by a Q&A session.

Saturday, June 2, 2018
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
McCaw Hall, Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center Map

Free for SU affiliates, open to the public. To register for this or other events of the 2018 AABS Conference program, please visit this website. 


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